Review of “Shrek The Third” (2007) PG 92min – DVD
December 12th, 2007 by Maxim · No Comments · 4,267 Views
The plot: when the frog-king ‘croaks’, Shrek (Mike Myers) is looked at as the next successor to the throne of the Far, Far Away. Shrek, however, believes he is not the right candidate for wearing the crown, and dreams of returning to his Swamp to live with Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) there happily ever after. Together with his friends, Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas), they set on a journey to retrieve the last surviving hair to the throne, prince Arthur (Justin Timberlake), to install him as a new king. While they are gone, envious Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) attempts to seize the opportunity by organizing the evil fairytale characters in a coup d’etat. Fiona and her royal girlfriends try to fend him off. To add to Shrek’s and Fiona’s worries, Fiona is pregnant.
The good: There were some genuinely funny moments and some sweet moments too. I also liked that the animators made all babies look cute – regardless of who their parents were. The babies of Donkey and Dragon were hilarious. When Prince Charming is basically threatening Muffin Man with torture, he had a very funny flashback into previous two movies. And of course every time Puss makes his trademark cute face we were cracking up. The animation was state of the art, particularly the animation of the hair and clothes. The latter had amazing details. Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas were still the best voice actors in this movie.
The bad: same jokes, mostly. The pop-culture references didn’t work for me this time; in fact they were rather irritating – could they think of something new? The energy of the previous two Shrek movies is almost gone: everybody felt tired of these roles and trying to finish the movie as soon as possible so they can get on with their lives. The third Shrek is worst of the three, just like 3rd installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean was the worst of the three. The introduction of the Monty Python’s actor Eric Idle was a good thing, but his character, Merlin (a reference to “King Arthur” and “Quest for Camelot”? from the Holy Grail), was not interesting. Some new characters were introduced, but we don’t have a chance to get to know them. Want a metaphor? A Third rate movie.
DVD includes many bonus features, including a short documentary about making of Shrek and technology behind it, some very short interviews with actors – none of which was that interesting. Several deleted scenes were also among the bonus materials – they are shown in storyboard by the storyboard artists in documentary format – too boring for kids – it’s a material for animation buffs.
Trivia: Mark Twain made Merlin the villain in his 1889 novel A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. He is presented as a complete charlatan with no real magic power, and the character seems to stand for (and to satirise) superstition, yet at the very last chapter of the book Merlin suddenly seems to have a real magic power and he puts the protagonist into a centuries-long sleep (as Merlin himself was put to sleep in the original Arthurian canon).
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